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Antibiotic Guardian, Bristol: Implementing local action plans to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today!

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is part of the UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018, which focuses on antibiotics and sets out actions to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

In 2014 as part of UK activities for EAAD; Public Health England established the UK-wide Antibiotic Guardian pledge campaign. It calls on everyone in the UK, the public and healthcare community to become antibiotics guardian by choosing one simple pledge about how they will make better use of these vital medicines.

Why it is relevant to you:

Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

What we want you to do:

To slow resistance we need to cut the use of unnecessary antibiotics. November 18th is European Antibiotic Awareness Day and 14th to 20th November is World Antibiotic Awareness Week. As part of that we’re asking everyone in the UK, the public and the medical community to become Antibiotic Guardians.

Call to action:

Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save this vital medicine from becoming obsolete.

To ensure that the information and knowledge on Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control is disseminated to those practicing healthcare across the nation, a series of awareness and educational events have been developed. These educational workshop events, to be held in Leeds, London and Bristol, will provide guidance, resources and information for practitioners on topics associated with antibiotic awareness. The events will provide an opportunity to understand how you and your organisation can support combat the global challenge faced by antibiotic resistance whilst gaining advice, support and resources to inform patients and staff.

To register for this event, which is free to non commercial delegates – simply click here.



Antibiotic Guardian Roadshow:  tackling antimicrobial resistance locally


09:15     Registration and networking

10:00     Chairs opening comments and welcome

Dr Chaamala Klinger, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Public Health England – Confirmed

10:10     National actions to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): infection prevention and control, surveillance, optimising prescribing/antimicrobial stewardship, education and training and engaging with the public

Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, AMR Programme, Public Health England & Department of Health Expert Advisory Committee on AMR & HCAI (ARHAI) – Confirmed

10:40     Tackling AMR in the SouthWest

Dr Chaamala Klinger, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at Public Health England – Confirmed


11:00     The role of the community pharmacy

Nick Kaye, Board Member South West,                 Member of Cornwall and Isle of Scilly LPC and Chair of the Peninsula LPF – Confirmed

11:15     Strengthening infection prevention and control practices

                Judy Potter, Lead Nurse & Joint DIPC, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust – Confirmed

11:30     Surveillance, how to use and interpret data available nationally

Dr Charles R. Beck, Consultant Epidemiologist & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Field Epidemiology Service, National Infection Service, Public Health England – Confirmed

11:45     Diagnostics and Point of Care testing: Using POC tests as part of the NHS Health Checks programme to reduce unnecessary prescribing

                Liz Cross, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Queen’s Nurse at Attenborough Surgery, Bushey – Confirmed

                This session is kindly sponsored by Alere


12:05     Question and answers from the floor


12:40     Refreshments, networking and poster viewing

13:30     Welcome Back

                Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, Public Health England – Confirmed

13:40     National and Local – how are we doing towards achieving our AMR CQUIN part a and b objectives

                Philip Howard, Consultant Antimicrobial Pharmacist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and National Project Lead. Healthcare Acquired Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, NHS Improvement – Confirmed

14:10     Tackling AMR: Engaging with Patients and the Public – The TARGET Antibiotics Toolkit

                Dr Cliodna McNulty. Head, Public Health England Primary Care Unit & Consultant Medical Microbiologist, and Honorary Visiting Professor Cardiff University– Confirmed

14:30     BANES – engaging with schools and combining flu campaign and Antibiotic Awareness

Elizabeth Beech, Prescribing Advisory and National Project Lead. Healthcare Acquired Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, NHS Improvement – Confirmed

14:50     Workshop session – Local AMR Plans – what is required, how can we improve?

15:40     Chairs concluding comments

                Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, Public Health England – Confirmed

16:00     Event close



 Click here to view presentations from the workshop